A man who was choked out by an off-duty fireman in Los Angeles in 2015 will receive $7.4 million in a lawsuit settlement.
Samuel Chang was handing out Halloween candy to children in the Chatsworth area when he was confronted by five men, including two LAFD firefighters.
The men were reportedly concerned about the strange man -who was visiting his grandmother- passing out candy in their neighborhood, and told him to leave. When chang refused, they chased him, asking him if he had drugged the candy.
It was then that Eric Carpenter, a former child actor who was in The Sandlot and The Mighty Ducks, put Chang in a six-minute chokehold, allegedly causing brain damage.
In the ensuing court case, Carpenter pleaded nolo contendere to misdemeanor assault. According to KTLA5, he and the other firefighter were not fired from their jobs, but were instead suspended for six months without pay.
“This has been a very traumatic and trying time for both Mr. Carpenter and his family. He would prefer to put all of this behind him,” said Michael A. Goldstein, Carpenter’s former attorney. “He wishes Mr. Chang the best in all his future endeavors.”